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2020 Bull Sale Report

78 bulls sold for 100% clearance.

Top price was $60,000 for Lot 75, Quixote Q96, a 17-month son of S Chisum 255. He sold to a syndicate of Wonalee Simmentals, JT Angus & ABS Australia, with semen available this spring. 

The sale average of $20,384 was a new record for the breed, bettering the $17,261 mark set at Millah Murrah in 2019.

Read the full report here.

2019 Bull Sale Report

Millah Murrah Smashes Records

 The Land, 12/9/2019, by Lisa Duce

BATHURST-BASED stud Millah Murrah Angus broke two of their own national records during their 31st on-property sale last Thursday, including the national Angus auction price for a bull with a $160,000 bid.

The 2016 stud national Angus average record of $16,348, held by Millah Murrah, also fell when all 69 bulls sold to average $17,261.

The individual bull record toppled for the $160,000 Millah Murrah Paratrooper P15. The previous record was $150,000 when Millah Murrah Kingdom K35 sold in 2015. The young sire was by EF Commando 1366 out of Millah Murrah Ela M9 and had been used quite heavily in Millah Murrah’s autumn AI program. Purchased by the Cowan family’s Oldfield Angus stud, Western Australia, Paratrooper P15 will be used as a foundation sire to complement daughters of Millah Murrah Klooney K42 among other bloodlines.

Paratrooper P15

Semen distribution was contracted through Bill Cornell of ABS Australia. Arkle Farm’s farm manager Chad Hall believed that P15’s phenotype was spot on.

“He has the thickness, the structure, the depth of body and early maturity we are after. He’s a tremendous Angus type,” he said.

On top of that, his numbers are really good. As most know it is hard to get both numbers and phenotype.”

Delighted stud principal, Siobhan Cowan said the balanced combination the bull brought to their herd and WA clients had everyone excited.

Underbidders were Ascot Angus, Warwick, Queensland in a syndicate with Gilmandyke Angus, Orange and Clift Angus, Scone.

Ascot principal Jim Wedge felt it was a fantastic day for the industry and the breed. It’s great to get some positivity in some really hard times,” he said.

“P15 was close to the perfect bull. With a hole-proof dataset and terrific phenotype, he will suit our breeding program perfectly. We will be buying semen from the bull to use in our stud.”

Second top priced bull was yearling, Millah Murrah Chisum P108, at $40,000 and sold to Gilmandyke Angus, Orange.

Underbidders were Julie and Jeremy Shaw, JS Grazing, Injune, Qld. They took home three bulls, which made them one of the volume buyers of the day, including the second top priced yearling, Millah Murrah Chisum P110 for $34,000.

“We loved his weight for age and softness,” Mr Shaw said.

“We have been buying at Millah Murrah for about 12 years. We have seen a huge improvement in our herd and won’t be changing our breeding program any time soon.

“To be breaking records in this climate is an endorsement for Ross’s breeding program. They are cattlemens’ cattle.

The two top yearlings were sons of Spicklers Chisum 255, a new bloodline found by Millah Murrah.

Millah Murrah’s Ross Thompson described Chisum 255 as one of the most aesthetically pleasing bulls he had seen in America.

“His dam stood out in a very functional herd, as did her ET progeny in the weaning pens when we visited in 2016,” he said.

It is no surprise to see 255 putting some good calves on the ground for us.”

He said the sale was mind-blowing.

I am absolutely ecstatic that bull made the money he did,” he said.

I think (Paratrooper) is a great bull for the breed right now. He has a phenomenal carcase pattern, structural integrity and moderate frame and a huge weight for age. The Millah Murrah Loch Up L133 progeny were also stunningly popular. They were appreciated right around the country.”

2018 Bull Sale Report

Presale expectations were blown apart last Thursday, 6th September, at the 30th Millah Murrah Angus bull sale.

100% clearance was achieved for the 102 bulls offered.

The sale average of $15,843 was the 2nd highest in Angus breed history, surpassed only by the $16,348 figure attained in 2016 at Millah Murrah.

Prior to the sale, the highest price for an Angus bull in 2018 sat at $37,000. This figure was passed five times.

At $54,000, Millah Murrah Nugget N266 topped the sale, setting a new Australian record price for a yearling bull of any breed. The previous mark of $50,000 was set at Millah Murrah last year. Nugget was purchased by long term Millah Murrah clients, Kamilaroi Angus, of Alexander Downs at Merriwa, represented by Stephen & Robert Gill. It was their 3rd time as purchaser of the high selling bull, along with two acquisitions of the 2nd high selling bull at Millah Murrah sales.

Nugget N266 was knocked down after a strong bidding duel with Booroomooka Angus’ Sinclair Munro. Sired by Ascot Hallmark H147, and out of a Booroomooka Theo cow, N266 tipped the scales at 678kg aged just 13 months with a sub 6 frame score body. He carries a B- muscle physique and displays enormous thickness throughout, with impeccable structure. Nugget’s genomically enhanced EBV set includes a birth weight at +3.8, 600-day growth at +129, EMA at +4.8 and IMF at +2.5. Several leading studs expressed interest in obtaining semen from the bull post sale. He has been contracted to join the ABS stable.

At $50,000 the 2nd highest priced bull was Millah Murrah Kruse Time N177. He was purchased by Inglebrae Farms at Tenterfield, represented by Darren Battistuzzi. A heifer’s calf By Millah Murrah Kruse Time K400, N177 carries a magnificent phenotype, backed by a peerless maternal pedigree, stacking cow making legends; BT Right Time 24J, Booroomooka Theo and Crusader of Stern in his immediate ancestry. N177 was part of a seven- bull draft from Kruse Time K400 that sold to average just shy of $20,000. At 17 months, he tipped the scales at 732kg, with 42 cm testes, and an EBV birth to growth spread of +2.8 to 110.

3rd highest price of the day came in at Lot 41. He was Millah Murrah Klooney M176. Having experienced a good deal of presale admiration it was no surprise to see M176 selling near the top of the sale for $46,000. Long term supporters of Millah Murrah, Jim and Jackie Wedge acquired the 938kg two-year old powerhouse for their Ascot Angus Stud at Warwick in QLD. Displaying tremendous bone and fleshing, exceptional structure and overall sire appeal, with an excellent balanced EBV package and a strong pedigree of Klooney x Reality x Woody W100, M176 represented the complete package.

Two bulls achieved the 4th highest price of $40,000.

The first one to hit this mark was another Klooney K42 son, Marlon Brando M304. Out of the same dam as Millah Murrah Kingdom, M304 carries show stopping looks, magnificent structure and mobility. He owns an excellent EBV set and really is as good a representative of the Millah Murrah maternally focussed approach as has come forward in the stud’s history. Purchased by newcomers to the Angus Stud business, Craig Duren and his daughter and son-in-law Heather & Lucas Clayton, from Trunkey Creek near Bathurst, they staved off a strong bidding effort from Milwillah and Ardrossan Angus. The bull has been contracted to ABS, with semen already available.

The 2nd bull to hit the $40,000 mark was the youngest bull in the sale, Millah Murrah Nectar N334. He went to Chris Paterson’s Heart Angus stud at Tamworth after another strong duel with the same syndicate that underbid the previous $40,000 bull. By Coonamble Hector, N334 tipped the scales at 582kg with 41 cm testes aged just 12 months. Displaying superb structure and balanced phenotype, N334’s ancestry is extraordinary. He is the 3rd son from his dam, Prue H113, to hit the $40,000 mark and her full sister is the $54,000 record priced mature Angus cow. Nectar carries an exciting blend of new and old genetics, a strong EBV package and has been contracted by Genetics Australia for future semen sales.

The highlights did not stop there. At Lot 38 a son of Millah Murrah Kingdom, out of a Millah Murrah Hercules cow came into the ring. Weighing 1036kg as the 2nd heaviest bull to ever sell at Millah Murrah, Kingdom M192 sold for $34,000 to break the record for an APR bull, that had stood at $27,000 since the 1991 Hazeldean sale at Cooma. Described by purchasing representative Terry Hanigan as “as good a bull as I have seen in a long, long time – carries himself so well with so much body mass and such incredible structure”, some long-term observers of the programme felt M192 was the phenotypic equal of any bull to pass through the sale ring at Millah Murrah. He sold to Peter & Terry Hanigan of Coonamble in partnership with the Deans family and will go into their programmes, supplying bulls for the commercial herds of the two families and their clients.

Bulls sold all over the country with four successful operators out of WA, 14 from Queensland and five buyers from Victoria helping to negate the strong downturn in local bull demand.

Volume buyer was Richie & Jane Hooper at Taroom with five at $15,600. Five buyers acquired four bulls each: JS Grazing at Injune - four at $15,000; Steve & Robyn White at Roma - four at $12,500; Codrilla Pastoral Co at Rolleston – four at $13,500; Cavan Station at Yass – four at $13,500 and C & P Duren at Trunkey Creek – four at $20,000.

The sale was conducted by Andrew Bickford and David Simpson of Elders Bathurst, with guest Auctioneer Paul Dooley in the rostrum.

If the sale was not exciting enough, we were blessed to receive an inch of rain that night and unexpectedly now see Spring underway.

We are so very grateful for the support we received this year and wish good fortune to everyone in the bush!

2017 Record Cow Sale

Sale Date October 19th 2017, at Bathurst NSW.

Selling Agent: Elders Bathurst (Andrew Bickford & David Simpson) with Guest Auctioneer Paul Dooley and Elders’ Andy McGeoch in the rostrum.

At a glance:

  • 100% clearance of 234 Lots offered in under four hours.
  • Top price $190,000
  • Average price $13,709
  • Gross $3,208,000

Sale facts:

  • Lot 117, PTIC cow, Prue H112 broke the record for an Angus cow, when she sold for $54,000 to East West Angus from Bingara. She passed the old mark of $48,000 set at the Aberdeen Dispersal in 2013.
  • Lot 181, PTIC heifer, Prue M4 then sold for $190,000 to break the record set less than an hour earlier. She sold to Brooklana Angus from Brooklana. East West Angus was the underbidder. This is believed to be the highest price paid for a beef female of any breed in Australasia. It is the highest price for an Angus animal of any description in Australia, surpassing the previous mark of $150,000 for the bull, Millah Murrah Kingdom K35 in 2015.
  • The average price of $13,709 for 234 Lots, surpassed the previous record for Angus (also then thought to be an industry benchmark) of $8494 for 260 Lots, set at the Wattletop stage 1 dispersal in May this year.
  • Two auctioneers sold at the sale; Paul Dooley and Andy McGeoch. Dooley stood over a majority of the offering, to sell 191 head for a gross of 2.669M. This is believed to be the largest single sale gross by one Auctioneer in Australia.
  • The $3.208M gross is believed to be the largest single vendor result in history and the largest single day gross ever for any Stud sale in Australia.
  • It is the 5th highest average ever for an Angus cow or bull sale, only surpassed by the Millah Murrah bull sales of 2015, 2016 & 2017 & Booragul’s bull sale in 2017. The industry record for a bull sale average of any breed in Australia is $16,348 for 109 bulls at Millah Murrah in 2016.
  • Six females made $40,000 or more
  • Four females made $30 - $40,000
  • 21 females made $20 - $30,000

Read the full article from The Land here.

History Made at Millah Murrah

(Monday 11th September 2017)

At our bull sale on Thursday September 7th 122 bulls sold to record the 2nd highest Angus bull sale average in history of $15,590. This mark is only eclipsed by our 2016 result when 109 bulls averaged $16,348.

A top price of $50,000 was paid for Lot 86, Millah Murrah Klooney M182. He is a 13-month-old son of the $80,000 Millah Murrah Klooney K42 who was the 2nd high selling bull at our 2015 sale. M182’s dam is a heifer, Flower K269, by Millah Murrah Doc F159. He sold to Matt Cherry & Shelly Piper, Trio Angus, Cassilis. The $50,000 price tag is an Australian record price for a yearling Angus bull and believed to have set a new all breeds bench mark.

2nd top money was paid for a 17-month son of Coonamble Hector from a Henry VIII daughter, Prue H113. This bull sold at Lot 30 for $40,000 and was purchased by the Gill family for their vertically integrated meat company, Alexander Downs Group at Merriwa. They paid the $54,000 2nd high price at the sale last year, for a bull from the same cow.

Buying support from Queensland was huge, with bulls heading to six different operations there. It was led by long term Millah Murrah bull buyers, the Shaw family of JS Grazing at Injune, who have been re writing the commercial weaner record books at the Roma yards in recent years. They purchased six bulls for a gross of $128,000, including two yearlings, underlying their total commitment to producing best product in the market.

Richie Hooper from Taroom returned for a 4th year to purchase five bulls to $20,000 twice for his largely Brahman based operation. Ron Pullen of Codrilla Pastoral Co near Comet, came for the 1st time and took six bulls to $20,000, averaging $15,666, to go into their large Romagnola herd.

Bulls went to all states, with 40% selling within a 100km radius.

Read the full article from The Land here.

Past Sale Reports

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Record Territory


Millah Murrah Loch Up L133

Wyatt Thompson & Bill Cornell

Wyatt Thompson & Bill Cornell

Jim Wedge

Jim Wedge

Millah Murrah Lakeside L69

Millah Murrah Lakeside L69

Robert Gill

Robert Gill

Hugh Kraefft, Merriwa, with Julie, Jeremy & Jenny Shaw at Roma

Hugh Kraefft, Merriwa, with Julie, Jeremy & Jenny Shaw at Roma

Andrew Bickford and Sale Auctioneer, Paul Dooley

Elders Bathurst’s Andrew Bickford and Sale Auctioneer, Paul Dooley

Jacki Chard, Ross Thompson, Jim Wedge, Andrew Bickford, Dimity Thompson, Jane Thompson, Paul Dooley, Wyatt Thompson & Bill Cornell

Jacki Chard, Ross Thompson, Jim Wedge, Andrew Bickford, Dimity Thompson, Jane Thompson, Paul Dooley, Wyatt Thompson & Bill Cornell with $85,000 Millah Murrah Loch Up L133